RubyConf 2022
Houston, TX

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? We have the answers! Don’t see your answer? Email us at rubyconf@rubycentral.org. Last updated: August 1, 2022

Registration

How do I know if I should purchase the individual or corporate ticket?

Attendees are free to choose which ticket they ultimately purchase. If you plan to buy and fund your own trip, we recommend the Individual ticket. If your employer is financing your ticket, travel, and/or accommodations, consider the Corporate ticket. Supporter tickets receive the same attendee benefits as the others but provide added travel support to our conference Scholars and conference operations. Supporters are acknowledged with a text link on our Sponsors' page.

Are there discounted hotel rates?

Yes, you can book a discounted stay at the Hilton Americas-Houston today! The discounted hotel rates expire on Wednesday, October 26th, or when the room block fills, whichever comes first.

What happens once I am registered?

Approximately a week before RubyConf, attendees will receive an email containing conference details. Details will include updated information, dates and times of social events, WIFI details, where to get swag, and more!

Are there any ticket discounts available?

Yes! We offer a 50% student discount and a 10% discounted registration rate for companies registering five or more individuals. If this applies to you, please email us at rubyconf@rubycentral.org before purchasing your ticket.

General

Are meals provided during the conference?

We offer daily morning coffee, lunch, and snacks throughout the day through the hotel catering services. The conference does not provide breakfast or dinner.

How far is the conference hotel from the airport?

In Houston, you can choose between the Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), roughly 25-30 minutes from the hotel, or the William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), approximately 15-20 minutes from the conference hotel. Learn more on the location page

Is there a dress code?

Short answer: no, wear whatever you want! Longer answer: most attendees dress fairly casually in t-shirts and jeans. However, business casual is also very common.

Will conference sessions be recorded or streamed?

All in-person talks and keynotes will be recorded. However, workshops will not be recorded, and we have not decided to live stream at this time.

Will there be a job fair?

Yes, we will have a job fair. Check the schedule (coming soon) for updated times.

When does the in-person conference start on the 29th? When does it end on the 1st?

We anticipate conference programming will start daily at 8:30 am CT and end around 6:00pm. The conference schedule is subject to change.

So, Why Houston?

The planning committee of Ruby Conf 2022 acknowledges that the decision to hold our primary conference in Houston this year is not an ideal one for all members of our community. We want to emphasize that our team has thought extensively about this situation, and we’ve made several intentional decisions to make our conferences as accessible as possible for all of our members. We also hope to make this an opportunity to show some solidarity to the LGBT, feminist, and immigrant communities based in Houston. Read our complete statement regarding Texas here and consider reaching out to our DEI team at inclusivity@rubycentral.org to help us achieve this vision the best we can.

What is RubyConf Mini?

RubyConf Mini is an additional option to RubyConf Houston. Mini was designed to be a space for Rubyists who do not feel safe traveling to Houston. RubyConf Mini is a part of the RubyConf umbrella and organized by fellow Rubyists with the support of Ruby Central.

Have questions about Mini Conf?

Email questions to contact@rubyconfmini.com and visit the Mini Conf website for more information.

Covid and Safety Policies

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend the conference?

Yes, the COVID vaccination is required to attend the conference. Please refer to the safety page for more details.

What conference policies should I be aware of?

Visit our policies page to see our stance on anti-harassment, ticket changes, accessibility, attendee data and privacy, and speakers.

Miscellaneous

How do I get more information about sponsoring?

Please reach out to us at sponsors@rubycentral.org for questions about sponsorship.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes, please visit the Scholarships page for more information.

Do you need conference volunteers?

We do! We are looking for leaders who're interested in mentoring new professionals to the field and also people to help with several onsite tasks. If you are interested in mentoring, visit our scholarship page (coming soon) for more information.

If you’d like to help with checking in attendees, distribute t-shirts, answer common attendee questions, and more, complete our Volunteer Interest Form. The deadline is Oct 14th, 2022.

Volunteers must be able to commit to 10-15 hours of work (scheduled shifts will be assigned ahead of time) and, in exchange, receive a free ticket to attend sessions whenever they're not scheduled.

What can I share on social media?

We invite you to take screenshots or photos of the slides and/or speaker content during RubyConf and share them on social media. We encourage utilizing the #RubyConf2022 hashtag and tagging @RubyConf on Twitter.

What if I want to be featured?

We are revamping our website but plan to include blogs and other community engagements on our website and social media. If you would like to be featured or are interested in learning how to be more involved with Ruby Central, please contact us at rubyconf@rubycentral.org.